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The History Of Engagement Rings

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It is said that more than one million people will get engaged on Valentines Day, and with Valentines Day looming, I thought it would be fun to write about the history of the engagement ring! (You can find more beautiful jewelry for Valentines Day, or really, any day, over here too!)

The engagement ring goes very far back, but received an official meaning in 850. Pope Nicholas I declared that the engagement ring represented a man”s intent to marry, but diamonds were not seen on one until 1477.

In 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with the first known engagement ring that had diamonds. However, despite this, diamond engagement rings didn’t become popular until 1947 when a British company that mined diamonds in South Africa launched an advertising campaign. Thus is how we know the slogan ”A diamond is forever.”

Diamonds are not the only stones now a days that appear in engagement rings. It is very common to see amethyst, sapphire, emeralds, rubies and more.

Things to consider when purchasing an engagement ring:

  • Your budget. There are many different beliefs I have heard in regards to how much an engagement ring should cost. Find one that fits well into your budget.
  • Do some research surrounding various terms you are likely to run into while shopping. Cut, clarity, color and carat. Doing this ahead of time will help you understand quality, and price.
  • Know what stone you would like, while understanding the hardness and durability of it as well so you can keep your ring looking it’s best for years to come.
  • Her/Your style. Remember, this is a ring that will remain on your finger every day. Make sure it’s something that you feel good wearing every single day.

Things to avoid when buying an engagement ring:

  • Focusing solely on the size of the stone. Quality is important, as is remaining in budget!
  • If you are the one buying the ring for your partner, avoid buying what you like, and rather focus on what your partner would like.
  • Don’t be afraid to shop at small jewelry stores. It doesn’t need to be big brand named.

According to a survey, it’s estimated that most American couples plan to spend $1000-$5000 on an engagement ring.

Key Terms To Know About Engagement Rings Before You Go Shopping:

  • Accent Diamonds: These are the diamonds that surround or somehow enhance the main diamond. These are most often smaller than the main diamond.
  • The various settings for an engagement ring: prong, cathedral, bezel, channel, bar channel, and pave .
  • The various stone settings for an engagement ring: center stone, solitaire, three stones, and halo.
  • The 4 c’s. Make sure you have a clear understanding of colour, cut, clarity and carat.

Alternatives to an engagement ring:

  • Simply not having a ring.
  • Tattoos.
  • A charm on a necklace/bracelet
  • Matching bracelets.
  • Framing your wedding certificate.

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However you celebrate, or don’t celebrate, have a beautiful Valentines Day!

Love Always, N

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19 Comments

  • Emma

    There was so much conflicting information about how much to spend and at first I felt pressure. Then I realised I’d far prefer us to spend money on our future together than on a ring. We agreed on a budget – even though he offered to pay more – and I’m really glad we did. Yes, it’s hopefully forever so you want quality but a beautiful ring doesn’t have to break your bank balance

    • admin

      I completely agree. And there really is so much pressure surrounding how much your “supposed” to spend on it. I’m glad you agreed on a budget and you were happy with it! ☺️

  • Lisa Marie Alioto

    I really like the idea of hte bride taking part in picking out the ring, unless the future groom really knows his bride’s taste. It’s an everyday forever piece of jewelry – you really want to get it right.

    • admin

      That’s what I feel as well! But then I guess it’s less of a surprise…? I don’t know… But for an every day piece you definitely want it to be something she will be comfortable wearing every day. Thanks for pointing this out!

  • Jaya Avendel

    I had NO idea how many people got engaged on Valentine’s Day! Love is truly in the air.
    I love it when couples do something new and unique with their rings; I love seeing fun vintage rings and family stones set in new, cool rings. Diamonds have a traditional elegance to them but I wear so many different rings daily that I think I would have trouble choosing a wedding band!

    • admin

      I’ve never thought of the wedding band actually!! There are so many options for that as well!! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  • Unwanted Life

    Personally I don’t see the point in picking a diamond ring just because that’s now the norm. Do something that’s individual to your partner or to you as a couple. Nothing else should matter.

    I got my partner a rustic industrial looking silver ring, with an uncut black diamond, because it was 100% their kind of style, and mine. It took me a year to find the ring that perfectly suited their style.

    But my partner would have been happy with a plastic ring, because the ring, and it’s value doesn’t matter to us. We’re just not those kinds of people.

    • admin

      I agree completely. My husband got me an amethyst with diamonds surrounding it knowing that amethyst is my favorite. I love hearing stories of people picking what their partner will truly love or what reflects their style. It’s so sweet. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Kate Duff

    Beautiful ring! My engagement ring is tiny and cost my husband a heap of money at the time – he said the other day why do t we get a bigger stone in it now – no way! I love my original ring

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